Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship

Written July 28th, 2014

Bad news for fisheries in Alaska as politics and lobbying trump science and stewardship
http://www.seafoodnews.com/Story/938077/Bad-news-for-fisheries-in-Alaska-as-politics-and-lobbying-trump-science-and-stewardship

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  [News Analysis]  July 28, 2014
Two unrelated decsions on Friday represented bad news for Alaska’s fabled commercial fisheries.

First, The Alaska Superior Court on Friday overturned a lower court decision invalidating a fish grab by the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association.

That group put forward a ballot initiative that would eliminate all commercial setnets in the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.  Alaska’s attorney general declined to certify the initiative, saying it was a taking of a state economic asset, which cannot be done by initiative, Read more…

CANADIAN FEDS MOVE TO APPROVE CONTROVERSIAL KSM MINE PROPOSED ON THE UNUK RIVER NEAR ALASKA: 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD STARTS JULY 21

Written July 23rd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2014

CONTACT: 

Rob Sanderson, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, 907-821-8885, haida2009@gmail.com

Brian Lynch, Petersburg Vessel Owners Association 907-772-9323, pvoa@gci.net

Abe Tanha, Hooked on Juneau, 907-723-3612, Abe@HookedOnJuneau.com

Chris Zimmer, Rivers Without Borders, 907-586-2166, zimmer@riverswithoutborders.org

 
CANADIAN FEDS MOVE TO APPROVE CONTROVERSIAL KSM MINE PROPOSED NEAR ALASKA: PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD STARTS TODAY, JULY 21

ALASKANS CALLING FOR MORE REVIEW OF KSM MINE BECAUSE OF CLEAN WATER AND SALMON CONCERNS
Canadian officials today announced the start of a new 30-day public comment period on the Canadian federal government’s environmental assessment of the controversial Kerr Sulphurets Read more…

2014 NORTHERN SOUTHEAST INSIDE (CHATHAM) SABLEFISH HARVEST OBJECTIVE REDUCED BY 26% FROM 2013

Written July 1st, 2014

Contact:
Sitka Area Office
Kristen Green
304 Lake St. Room 103
Sitka, AK 99835
Phone: (907) 747-6688
Date: June 30, 2014
Fax: (907) 747-6693
Time: 10:00 a.m.
2014 NORTHERN SOUTHEAST INSIDE (NSEI) SUBDISTRICT SABLEFISH FISHERY ANNUAL HARVEST OBJECTIVE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces today that the 2014 NSEI Subdistrict commercial sablefish fishery annual harvest objective (AHO) is 745,774 round pounds. There are 78 valid Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) permits for 2014, therefore the individual equal quota share (EQS) is 9,561 round pounds (a 26% decrease from the 2013 EQS of 12,848 round pounds). The AHO is based on the sablefish acceptable biological catch (ABC) with decrements made for sablefish mortality in other fisheries.
NSEI Read more…

EM Vessel RFP available now

Written June 27th, 2014

From: Farron Wallace – NOAA Federal <farron.wallace@noaa.gov>

Date: June 26, 2014 at 8:18:04 PM EDT

Subject: EM Vessel RFP

Pacific States Marine Fish Commission has posted the EM vessel RFP for vessels wanting to participate in the Cooperative EM Research Project associated with Tracks 2 and Tracks 3 in 2014 and 2015.  Please disseminate to the EM working group, OAC and any fishing group that might be interested in participating.

The RFP is posted at http://www.psmfc.org/procurements/blog.

Bids are due by July 25 and any questions should be submitted to PSMFC at contracting@psmfc.org by July 10.

  Read more…

Vessels Sought For Participation In Proposed Electronic Monitoring Pilot Project

Written September 21st, 2013

ALFA (Linda Behnken/Dan Falvey) with assistance from PVOA is developing an Electronic Monitoring (EM) Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) for an EM pilot project over the next three years that would allow a percentage of vessels to be removed from the human observer pool and have EM equipment installed on their vessels in lieu of a human observer.  The EFP must be submitted to NMFS by October 1 of this year, for review and approval before it can be implemented.  An EFP is necessary because the project would require that vessels equipped with EM also be exempted from regulations requiring a human observer.  Two grad students from UAJ have been hired to develop the sampling designs and statistical analysis necessary to provide statistically reliable data on species ID, length/weight, discard Read more…

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